Black Racer Snake in my backyard

Bless my dear sweet mother’s heart. She was afraid of a snake that came into our backyard. “Cool! What kind is it?” “I don’t know, I didn’t hang around to find out!” So I grabbed my camera. :) This is a Black Racer. They’re harmless (although they will bite, I just don’t feel like getting gnawed on by little snakey teeth), and they’re very fast. I was taken aback when the damn thing started to RATTLE at me, but it was just vibrating its tail in the grass, causing a buzzing noise. Sneaky snake, trying to make me think he’s a rattler. :) I followed him until he escaped through the fenceline. There’s a nice big ditch on the other side that should provide a nice habitat for him.

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